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CHICKABOOM!

by Tami Neilson

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timchuma My friend uses Queenie for her intro on a local radio show. Enjoyed the concert on Youtube recently. Favorite track: Tell Me That You Love Me.
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oldkookskater Tammy Neilson fixes everything that is wrong with modern country music. She is a treasure and yeah, I kinda have an enormous crush on her. She is amazing - her voice - is just ... like what I imagine heaven is like.
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cookiemonster76 An amazingly powerful voice and every song lives up to the promise of it Favorite track: 16 Miles of Chain.
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scott-nix Every track of CHICKABOOM! is a Gem. It's a rare perfect album. Tami Neilson, in my opinion is the greatest singer/songwriter of our age. I can't wait to see what's in store for us in 2021.
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HEY BUS DRIVER! T Neilson/ J Neilson Living out of a suitcase Down to my last blue jeans Truck stop coffee, same white lines Every road I see Fall asleep looking at your picture Wake up saying your name Wringing tears outta my pillow Go, go, going insane Hey Bus Driver Put your foot down, ‘cause I’m on fire 18 shows out on the road It’s only 6 more days, only 5 more days, only 4 more days And I’m home I’m going home, I’m going home Got no honey in the morning Got no sugar in my bowl I’m just bringing home the bacon Raking in, making that dough Fall asleep looking at your picture Wake up saying your name Wringing tears outta my pillow Go, go, going insane Hey Bus Driver Put your foot down, ‘cause I’m on fire 21 shows out on the road It’s only 3 more days, only 2 more days, only 1 more day And I’m home I’m going home, I’m going home Ooo, hoo, Mama Mama I’m comin’ home Ooo, hoo, Mama Mama, I’m comin’ home
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TEN TONNE TRUCK T Neilson Daddy born poor, Mama was too Walking through the snow, plastic bags on their shoes Papa selling houses, sleeping in a car 4 babies in the backseat underneath the stars Hey, Hey just work a little harder Hey, Hey punching that clock With work and prayer and a little bit of luck Make so much money need a ten tonne truck Well the bank took the house when Daddy lost his job Put a hitch on the back of Mama’s little silver Dodge Drove with nothin but our clothes and guitars Right down to Nashville, gonna be big stars Well you scratch and you claw and you try to make a living Pay dues, get moved right back to the beginning When the pie gets bigger, everybody wants a slice What I been cookin’ since back in ’89
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QUEENIE, QUEENIE T Neilson Queenie, Queenie, don’t drop the ball Queenie, Queenie, don’t drop the ball Queenie, Queenie, don’t drop the ball Down come baby, cradle and all Chickens need feeding, dog needs a bone Bills need paying and the bank’s on the phone Dishes need washing, kids do too Man come home and he want to woo hoo Screaming from the kettle, knocking at the door Baby kicked the bucketful of suds on the floor Rain starts falling, clothes on the line What’s a stay-at-home-Mama do with all that time? Working through the day, working through the night Planes and trains and another missed flight Mama’s gotta hustle, do another show ‘Cause they won’t play a lady-o on country radio Boom Boom, Boom Boom Chicka Chicka!
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YOU WERE MINE T Neilson/J Neilson Take my heart, it used to be so supple and sweet Now it’s withered on the vine There’s before and then there’s after you were mine Take my faith, so strong and full of fire Now it’s bruised, broken down and blind There’s before and then there’s after you were mine Sun comes up, sun goes down World keeps rolling around and around The hands on the clock Going tick tock tick tock Ain’t the way I measure time There’s just before and then there’s after you were mine Take my hands, they used to hold you so tight Now they reach, but never touch you in the night There’s before and then there’s after you were mine
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16 Miles of Chain T Neilson/ D Davidson Lower me down into the ground with 16 miles of chain To find a heart for the man I love, one that wouldn’t stray Through the door to the devil’s store, from the ashes dark and stained He pulled out a new black heart with 16 miles of chain ‘Been waiting for you a long time girl’ the heart began to say 'A body freed is all I need and I will never stray’ Through wind and trees it sang to me, ’In love we will remain’ And I fell in love with that new black heart and 16 miles of chain 16 miles of chain, 16 miles of chain I fell in love with that new black heart And 16 miles of chain Come on down from the roof, my dear, see what I have found Into the chest that I love best, I pushed that black heart down And in my lovers face I saw betrayal and the pain And now I’m tied to that cold black heart with 16 miles of chain 16 miles of chain, 16 miles of chain I paid in blood for that cold black heart And 16 miles of chain
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TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME T Neilson/ D Davidson Tell me that you love me Tell me that you love me Tell me that you love and you’ll never let me go Tell me that you’ll kiss me Tell me that you’ll kiss me Tel me that you’ll kiss me And you’ll do it real slow Please please pretty please, pretty pretty please me Tease tease don’t you tease, baby don’t you tease me I’m here, you’re here, both of us are waiting here I could give a kiss to Mister Won’t ya be my Baby please Say, would you say what I wanted you to say Yesterday, tomorrow or could even be today No you’ll never get better not in any kind of weather I’m a real go getter gonna love ya L.O.V.E. Baby please
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ANY FOOL WITH A HEART T Neilson I try to speak, tongue-tied and weak Each time I try to start Any fool with eyes could see Any fool with ears could hear My love for you is oh, so clear To any fool with a heart I try to flirt, lipstick and skirts But I don’t know the art Any fool with eyes could see Any fool with ears could hear My love for you is oh, so clear To any fool with a heart You can’t see the forest for the trees Hear the rhythm pounding in my veins Pum-pum, like a drum The oldest love song plays I just can’t take this hurt, this ache Each day that we’re apart Any fool with eyes could see Any fool with ears could hear My love for you is oh, so clear To any fool with a heart She touched your sleeve You turn to leave I wave while you depart Any fool with eyes could see Any fool with ears could hear Your love for her is oh, so clear To any fool with a heart
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Sister Mavis 02:44
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Sleep 02:19
SLEEP D. Davidson Sleep, baby, sleep Sleep away the heartache Deep, baby, deep Fall into the endless night Wait over day til the dream comes Close your eyes and fall Hold your breath in wait as it happens Sleep, baby, sleep

about

ALBUM RELEASE: FEB 14 2020

No one forgets the first time they saw Tami Neilson. She can hush a room with an original song that channels the hurting spirit of Patsy Cline or the sensuality of Peggy Lee, or bring the audience to its feet on a rockabilly raver.

She’s an artist with real range, whose powerful voice can take on big ballads, golden-age country, heartfelt Gospel, soul-infused R&B, Western swing, even old-style rock ‘n’ roll. Tami encompasses them all and is a personality-powered cyclonic force of nature in stylishly retro attire, long lashes and a stacked-high beehive.

Previous media accolades come from both sides of the Atlantic, including Rolling Stone, which called her “a fire-breathing belter on her own terms” and the U.K.’s Guardian, which asserted that “her powerhouse voice recalls 1950s stars such as Wanda Jackson and Patsy Cline.”

Of her new album’s title, CHICKABOOM!, Tami explains, “I wanted to write an album of punchy little songs, popping firecrackers that, when stripped back to nothing but a guitar, percussion and two voices, would still go boom!” The new collection brings much personal and family history to the table.

Tami grew up performing across North America with the Neilson Family Band, working alongside greats such as Johnny Cash, Tanya Tucker, and Kitty Wells. With her parents Betty and Ron (her late father a songwriter of considerable accomplishment) and two brothers Todd (drums) and Jay (bass), she spent years on the road learning her craft. This enabled Tami to explore her increasing vocal and emotional range and build a deep well of musical influences to draw upon when she started to write her own material.

Subsequently, Tami fell in love with a New Zealander, moved to the bottom of the world and began her solo career. Over many years she built a platform for herself through open-mic nights, playing soulless casinos and the dead-air time-slots at festivals, finding a small group of fellow travellers and supportive players, and then a series of increasingly impressive albums followed.

The early records saw her in a self-created territory between mainstream country and alternative country, a couple recorded around the kitchen table back home in Canada with brother Jay, who is now an acclaimed producer and songwriter. Then awards started coming in New Zealand for albums that added breadth to her “country singer” label: Best Female Artist, Best Country Album, Best Country Song, an APRA Silver Scroll (songwriting) award and Album of the Year nominations. Her Dynamite! album of 2014 received rave reviews in Britain’s MOJO and the Guardian named it a Top 10 Best Country Music Album. Tami’s songs appeared on the Netflix series Wanted and the terrestrial TV series Nashville.

Tami Neilson’s singing and writing is too big to contain, as HMV noted: “There are singers and then there is Tami Neilson, for whom the word singer just isn’t big enough.”

The road has now led to CHICKABOOM!, which is something different again, and even more personal. “In the past year, I started to notice something,” she says. “The artists I would spend time with backstage at festivals, the ones I gravitated to the most and followed on social media ... artists like the Secret Sisters, Shovels & Rope, Kasey Chambers, Brandi Carlile ... they all have family performing with them. When you tour away from loved ones, it makes a world of difference to have part of your village with you on the road. Not to mention, nothing can come close to that special blend of blood harmonies and silent communication that only comes from being onstage with a person for over 30 years. Family has always been a huge part my music-writing, recording and creating with me, but I wanted family on this project and on the road with me again.” Brother Jay flew to Auckland, New Zealand from Toronto to record a selection of new songs that have unmistakable sibling magic and harmonies. “I don’t think he quite understands what he’s gotten himself into but now the album’s coming out it’s a bit too late. Sucker,” she laughs.

And if you’ve missed Tami before — on record or in concert — then you are in for a treat ... and you might not quite understand what you’ve gotten yourself into either.

As we say: you’ll never forget the first time you saw Tami.

credits

released February 14, 2020

Tami Neilson- Vocals
Jay Neilson- Bass/Rhythm Guitar
Delaney Davidson- Lead Guitar
Brett Adams- Lead Guitar on 'You Were Mine'
Joe McCallum- Drums/Percussion
Produced by Tami Neilson/ Delaney Davidson
Engineered/Mixed by Jol Mulholland at The Lab, Auckland, NZ
Mastered by Chris Chetland

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"Tami Neilson is a fire-breathing belter on her own terms." -ROLLING STONE

"A great, big canyon of a voice."
-DOWNBEAT

“Tami Neilson is a full tilt badass monster of music”
–SAVING COUNTRY MUSIC

"A red-hot honky-tonker, somewhere between Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson with perhaps just a little bit of Peggy Lee sophistication.”- Nick Bollinger, RNZ
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